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#1
Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  07:05 PM
I suppose it depends on the type of computer science they go into. For example, if you want to go into web development, and get a degree in it, they don't need to take every single math class offered. However, if they go into complete computer science, they probably need to take a good amount of math (including calculus), as their job is more mathematicallyinclined. Am I correct?
Either way, a student is probably encouraged to take extra math classes, as they provide strong logicbased skills, necessary in nearly all aspects of computer science. So, what are your opinions?
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#2
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  07:14 PM
I wouldn't call Web Development computer science. It is IT and Computer Programming, but not a lot of theory generally. Computer Science hits hard on theory like algorithms and data structures, AI, operating systems, etc.
Certainly computer scientists will have to take general math and science courses like all engineers such as Calc IIII, Differential Equations, Vector Geometry, Linear Algebra, Engineering Physics, and Freshman Chemistry. But computer science programs focus more on finite and discrete mathematics. This includes fields like Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Set Theory (which is heavily used in relational database theory), etc.
If one isn't a math person, the business departments of most schools offer an Information Systems program that hits more on practical applications of IT and programming with minimal theory. You're more likely to find your web development courses here.
#3
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  07:18 PM
No one expects you to be a full mathematician, they do expect you to take a formula and know how to plug in values, think logically and be able to problem solve. I am a programmer and work as a programmer. They hand me a formula once in awhile. Sometimes I am expected to find a formula. Unless you are going to develop scientific programs for NASA or Wall street financial systems, you probably will use less math than you think.
Either way, take the math classes required and get through them. Most of a computer science is just that, computers.
#4
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  07:21 PM
#5
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  07:33 PM
Case in point: there's a large difference between "prove this merge sort is correct" and "write a correct merge sort". It's good to be exposed to both.
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#6
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  08:13 PM
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#7
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 26 February 2011  10:30 PM
Yes, you need math. If you don't enjoy it, you're probably gonna get unhappy with cs after a bit. Just be lucky cs doesn't make you do all the hard maths. It could be a lot worse.
#8
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 27 February 2011  07:48 AM
I have noticed that on modern courses the math content has been reduced greatly, being replaced with web development and other more non mathspecific studies more associated with information technology.
It's a shame really.
#9
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 27 February 2011  12:52 PM
For example, at the University of Chicago, CS is pretty much a branch of mathematics. Almost everywhere else, it's not. You won't be seeing much math besides the basic calculus and discrete stuff. So whatever your definition of CS is, as far as your curriculum concerned it'll almost certainly be "CS =/= Mathematics".
#10
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 09 March 2011  07:05 AM
Strictly speaking, computer science is Algebra, Calc, Trig, discrete etc.
However I am in a CIS/BIS program and I still have had to have these math classes. Granted they are taught in a "applied" manner, but you still have to be somewhat good in math if your going into computers.
So yes, you may need a minor in mathematics for CS.
#11
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 09 March 2011  11:06 AM
EDIT: Actually, at my school, you have to have everything I listed for ceg but minus diff eq.
http://www.cs.wright...ents/bscs.shtml
This post has been edited by NeoTifa: 09 March 2011  11:10 AM
#12
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 09 March 2011  12:30 PM
#13
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 09 March 2011  02:17 PM
#14
Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 09 March 2011  02:50 PM
AlbuquerqueApache, on 09 March 2011  02:30 PM, said:
Actually they tend to focus on their med program. The University splits into several "colleges" that you have to work to get into. Basically everybody starts out predegree or intednded degree in "University College", then you do your requirements to get into your major college. Mine happens to be "College of Engineering and Computer Science". To get in I had to have a GPA of 2.25, take English 101 and 102, Engineering 190 (intro to engineering), Computer Science 240 (Java 1), and Discrete Math. If you don't get into your major college within 2 years they force you to change your intended major. Only once you get into your major college do they declare you a full major. I think they do this for advising purposes. Pretty ghey.
•Colleges
◦Education & Human Services
◦Engineering & Computer Science
◦Liberal Arts
◦Nursing & Health
◦Raj Soin College of Business
◦School of Graduate Studies
◦Boonshoft School of Medicine
◦School of Professional Psychology
◦Science and Mathematics
◦University College
This post has been edited by NeoTifa: 09 March 2011  02:53 PM
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Re: Computer Science = Mathematics?
Posted 10 March 2011  09:42 PM
